Texas Rangers (79-60) @ Boston Red Sox (83-54)
Colby Lewis (11-9, 4.19) @ Erik Bedard (4-9, 3.45)
4:10 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
TV: FOX RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510
The less said about last night’s debacle the better. Today the second-place Red Sox try to rebound against Colby Lewis. Lewis has been a bit lucky this year (.262 BABIP, 4.69 FIP) so let’s hope his luck runs out this afternoon. Lewis has given up 31 HRs this year, second worst in the majors behind old friend Bronson Arroyo’s 36 dingers surrendered, so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
Taking the bump for the Sox will be Erik Bedard. Bedard has been fairly solid for Boston so far without getting any wins yet. Here’s hoping for seven innings today from Bedard (a feat he has yet to achieve with the Sox), as the pen could use a rest after the last two games.
Boston Red Sox
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Jed Lowrie, SS
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Josh Reddick, RF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Elvis Andrus, SS
- Josh Hamilton, LF
- Michael Young, 1B
- Adrian Beltre, 3B
- Mike Napoli, DH
- Yorvit Torrealba, C
- David Murphy, RF
- Craig Gentry, CF
Boston: Clay Buchholz, lower back strain (placed on 15-day DL June 19, retroactive to June 17); J.D. Drew, left shoulder impingement (placed on 15-day DL July 26, currently rehabbing); Bobby Jenks, strained back (placed on 15-day DL July 16, transferred to 60-day DL on September 1)
Texas: Nelson Cruz, pulled left hamstring (placed in 15-day DL August 30); Darren O’Day, right shoulder inflammation (placed on 15-day DL August 30)
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-The Red Sox are 29-11 (.725) in day games, good for second best in the majors behind (ugh) the Yankees (35-9, .795).
– On September 3, 1981, the Red Sox lost to the Seattle Mariners 8-7. The 20-inning game was the longest game ever played at Fenway Park.
-And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: Billy Martin caused so many bar brawls while managing the Texas Rangers that he has a jail cell named in his honor in Fort Worth.